“I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” said Voltaire (brainyquote.com). America society is going away from this concept of freedom of speech that is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Politically correct speech has become the most popular way to speak in public. Most people are speaking in ways to minimize their offense to people of different gender, race or culture. They are not truly expressing their real feelings or ideas. This new conservative type of speaking is hurting individualism and keeping people from saying what they feel regardless of what anyone thinks.
Political correctness is leading to people getting punished anytime they say something that offends someone. There have been numerous examples of people getting fired or suspended when they have said something politically incorrect. For example, there was the infamous incident when Don Imus said “The Rutgers women basketball team look like some nappy headed hoes. I’m going to tell you that now, man, that’s some-woo.” The words spoken by Imus were extremely offensive and ridiculous especially when said on public airways. But, Don Imus’s firing did not help solve racial issues and it did not stop him from being racist or sexist. In addition, he was rehired as a disc jockey on ABC Radio and RFD-TV on December 3, 3007. If we punish people for saying politically incorrect things it does not stop people from being bias or ignorant. It is just a temporary solution that does not work because they just get new jobs.
Political correctness does lead more people to change how they speak. But, it is hard to solve the issue of bias if you do know what people are thinking. It may cause people to talk differently though the same actions persist. Political incorrect speech may sometimes be offensive. However, honest speech shows why people see things a certain way. If the bias is shown, then solutions can be created so that people can be educated about things they do not understand. This can lead toward real solutions instead of a short term fix to real social problems such as racism, sexism and homophobia.
Political correct speech leads to a false sense of progress. There have been people questioning whether racism and sexism still exist. There was an article posted on American Thinker Magazine’s website describing how they believe that racism is dead. To illustrate “Yep, you heard me right. Racism in America is dead” (www.americanthinker.com). These problems have not been eliminated. For example, hate crimes have actually increased in the last few years. Hate crime offenses increased 13.5 percent from 1,702 in 2006 to 1,931 in 2007. And the number of victims of reported hate crimes increased 9.5 percent from 1,611 in 2006 to 1,764 in 2007. (nvccjtc.org)
Political correctness is preventing the elimination of bias. It can lead people to hide any ignorance they may have themselves. Then, some people will assume these issues no longer exist. Therefore, it will be easier to create solutions to serious issues in America if we know what people really think.
It is important to speak honestly. People should take advantage of their right of freedom of speech.
12 Jan. 2009 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/v/voltaire109645.html
12 Jan. 2009 http://www.nvccjtc.org/nvchatecrimes.html
12 Jan. 2009 http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/racism_is_dead.html